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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Boston, MA
617-223-8666
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Ranked #16 of 209 attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: National Parks, Islands
Activities: Hiking, Motor-boating, Camping, Fishing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil... more » Owner description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil War Landmark that housed Confederate prisoners. Visitors to the 12 islands open for exploration can camp, kayak, tour lighthouses, ride harbor ferries, hike and swim. « less
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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92 reviews 92 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The boats out go from a couple of places around Boston. We sailed from North Wharf, near the Aquarium. The trip out to St George's Island took about 45 minutes. We'd read the websites and assumed that there was lots to do. It was much smaller than expected, and had we known. we'd have planned more time so we could've... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

15 dollars per adult or 10 dollars with discount (from hotels, or with purchase of another trip.) Islands are beautiful. Go to St Georges and explore an old fort, then spectacle Island is nice and you can hike to the top of the monds. (easy). Nice beaches we did not try them as it was a cool and damp day.... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

For a very $15 per adult, you can get to several of the Boston Harbor Islands in one day by ferry. These islands have been preserved, restored, made safe, and are interesting places! The whole system is now a state treasure, cared for by the City of Boston and the Department of Conservation Resources (DCR) in a very effective partnership.... More

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Lake Tahoe, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

See a historical old fort and learn about history. It was fun to see the Boston skyline on the ferry ride also.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The harbor was fantastic, but definitely go on the whale watching tour! The boat ride was worth it all by itself!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The guide was great at giving historical facts about the area as we traveled to Spectacle Island. It was a fun beach to tan and search for beautiful shells and sea glass. (Though you cannot take them home with you)

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Derby, CT
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I visited spectacle Island which has been many things over the years. A dump, vacation resort, hospital and dump site for the big dig. Now it is part of the Boston Harbor recreation and Park system. The reason it is called Spectacle Island is wen you step onto the beach you don not step onto sand, but onto Sea Glass... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

On one of the days we were in Boston, they were offering free Boston Harbor cruises to the harbor islands. The only one still available when we got there was the Spectacle Island trip. We enjoyed it and the people working on the island for the park service were very helpful, pleasant and had lots of good information. The only... More

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New Jersey
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

An escape from the bustle of Boston is just a ferry ride away! Since I have exhausted many of the sites in the actual city, the Boston Harbor Island soffer a different experience. We sailed on the ferry for about 15 minutes to Spectacle Island on a beautiful day. The ferry tour guide explained the long and almost absurd history... More

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Irvine, California, USA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Beautiful islands in Boston Harbor. Visit the old fort and do the tour to get an education on who lived here! Many rooms are still intact in the old fort to see a slice of New England History

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